The Newsroom reviews the big matches in Round 4 of the NRL.
Canberra Raiders vs Gold Coast Titans
The Gold Coast Titans came from behind to win against the Canberra Raiders in final minutes of the game 24-20 at GIO Stadium on Saturday.
The Raiders dominated early and opened the scoring in the eighth minute when Jarrod Croker converted his own try, which was quickly followed by a charging Elliot Whitehead who ran through the line to score in the 11th minute. Croker converted again to make the score 12-0.
In the 33rd minute the Titans scored their first try through their captain Ryan James, who made a big contribution off the bench. However, the Raiders were quick to retaliate, with Josh Hodgson making a break through the middle to find Edrick Lee in support to score in the 36th minute to make the score 18-6 at half time.
After the half-time break, the Titans gave away a penalty from in front for Canberra to receive a gift two points in the 55th minute. In the 64th minute David Shillington took a quick tap and made a determined run to score for the Titans against his old club. Six points down with six minutes to go, the Titans scored through Zeb Taia and in the 77th minute John Olive scored a controversial try to win the game 24-20.
Manly Sea Eagles vs Sydney Roosters
The Manly Sea Eagles defeated the Sydney Roosters 22-20 in a nail-biter at Allianz Stadium.
Manly struck early scoring in the fourth minute from a long ball from Feleti Mateo to Jorge Tafua to score in the corner. On his 200th game for the club Shaun Kenny-Dowall scored the Roosters first points after a quick interchange of passes for him to cross the line in the ninth minute. His try was followed by a penalty goal to level the score 6-6. Manly pushed out to a two-point lead after kicking a penalty goal, but the lead was short lived with Shaun Kenny-Dowall scoring his second after he regathered a kick for the Roosters to go into half time leading 10-8.
After the break the Roosters continued to score, with Blake Ferguson stepping his way through the defence. The halves combination of Daly Cherry-Evans and Dylan Walker came together for Walker to show his speed and cross the line in the 51st minute, followed by a penalty goal to level the score 16-16. Shortly after Jamie Lyon scored after a Tom Trbojevic break to give Manly the lead.
The Roosters scored in the 66th minute with Daniel Tupou diving on a grubber kick to set up a nail-biting finish, only for the Roosters to fall short, being denied a try in the 72nd minute for the full time score to be 22-20. Manly’s win has come at a cost with forward Jamie Buhrer breaking his hand and Cherry-Evans suffering an ankle injury; both will have further scans to see how long they will be on the sidelines. – James Wardell
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